You want EZ-mode where you don't have to think about anything is what I'm gathering.
How does having to leave the game to look stuff up constantly equate to "hard" mode? Seriously, think about it.
You want to level from 1-50 with no effort, with no help from others, and get endgame in a short timeframe.
I want the option to level from 1-50 by myself. Big deal. It could take me a year doing it this way given how I can only play 5-10 hours a week these days. The requirement for help would come at end-game, where groups would be necessary to gear up for raid bosses.
You don't have time to play 30+ hours a week. That's cool and all, but this is an MMO. One of the words is "MASSIVE".
Yes, I understand what MMORPG means. No where does it say it's a full time job, nor does "massive" mean massive time sink. It's typically referred to as massive due to the size of the world and it's player base.
If you can't play a lot, expect to suck... sorry, but it's true.
If that means not having an elitist attitude and a pension to getting **** hurt over logical arguments, then fine, I'll suck all day.
I agree, a recipe book would be nice, but if it's not there... oh well, learn your craft and learn what you can make.
I'm sure you have a job in real life... every time you do something do you need to look at an instruction manual? No, you learn and memorize.
I don't really consider MMORPGS a job, but I'll go along with your analogy for entertainment purposes.
If my job included making hundreds, perhaps thousands, of different items all with different parts compositions you'd better believe I'd have a reference chart of some sort.
If you played WoW, I'm sure you had to read guides on how to do boss fights and raids. So don't say you didn't have to leave the game and read for WoW or any other game as well.
Didn't play WoW, but I want to be clear. I've been in top-progression guilds before, where we were typically server first, and sometimes world first on boss kills. We didn't read a manual because there wasn't one. We just died, a lot, trying to figure it out.
For non-raid type encounters I would just typically get killed a couple times trying to figure out the finer details of the encounter and adept to them.
If you don't want to do research, then fine... go into fights with no clue and get rofflestomped.
So you're saying that we shouldn't want our hands held, but we should go look up how to kill stuff ezmode so we don't get rofflestomped.
You should try sticking to one edict and roll with it, you're bouncing all over the place.
Your complaints are just pure laziness.
Such a fine representation of your precious community.